Rent The Mad Ghoul (1943)

3.0 of 5 from 51 ratings
1h 4min
Rent The Mad Ghoul (aka Mystery of the Ghoul) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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When Dr. Morris (George Zucco) experiments with a poisonous gas first used by the ancient Mayans in their sacrificial rites, he discovers that it produces a 'death in life' state in the subject. It also has severe, irreversible side effect of advanced decomposition that can only be temporarily halted by a potent mixture of herbs and fresh human hearts. Grave-robbing, corpse desecration, murder and total madness follow.
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Ben Pivar
Brenda Weisberg, Paul Gangelin, Hanns Kräly
Mystery of the Ghoul
Odeon Entertainment
Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
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Run Time:
64 minutes
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W

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A New Sensation in Horror, it says here ... - The Mad Ghoul review by NP

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With the best will in the world, this film (originally developed as 'The Mystery of the Mad Ghoul') is a workmanlike production from Universal, and a far cry from the inventive, carefully made horror films that were made in the '30s. It features their repertoire of reliably wonderful actors like Turhan Bey, Evelyn Ankers and George Zucco and gives them exactly the kind of roles they are known for playing. Instead of Karloff, Lugosi or Chaney as the main monster, we have lesser-known David Bruce playing the titular Ted Allison, a ghoulish henchman whose mission it is to retrieve the hearts of the living.

Luckily the wise-cracking cops and journos typical of this period are kept in check. At a brisk 65-minute runtime, there isn't time for anything much other than the storyline, which doesn't seek to break any new ground. Not unenjoyable, this is the kind of formulaic fare that demonstrated a lack of interest in the dwindling horror genre by this time. I'm sure it was successful enough to justify its modest budget, but it would have been wonderful to have seen the kind of innovation present that pioneers such as James Whale or Karl Freund featured in their earlier, celebrated productions. My score is 5 out of 10.

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